Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Weast memo a 'hideous embarrassment'

Rather than soil its britches about the Montgomery Blair High School principal's color-coded security plan, the Examiner says in an editorial, "Montgomery County should save its outrage for a far more hideous embarrassment: An Oct. 18 memo by MCPS Superintendent Jerry Weast informing the county that school administrators at eight high schools illegally changed grades for 46 varsity athletes academically ineligible to play. Notably, the list does not include Montgomery Blair.

"Weast promised that all 46 would be kicked off the teams and their original failing grades restored, but so far nothing has been said publicly about firing school officials who blamed the rampant grade-fixing on 'inadvertent human error and/or lack of diligence' while Weast 'works on our processes.'

"Here’s betting that every single student at Einstein, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Winston Churchill, Quince Orchard, Walter Johnson, Watkins Mill, Wheaton and Walt Whitman high schools can see right through that one, too."